7 Things for the Weekend

Kate Spade eye mask (similar style here) // Next maribou slippers // The White Company bedlinen

My husband (still feels so weird saying that!) has a meeting in Oxford today, so I’m tagging along so that we can make a weekend of it. I’ve been many times before, but it’s one of my favourite cities and I’m excited to be having a mini escape for a couple of days. I’m looking forward to exploring all the colleges, visiting the museums, and sitting in tiny coffee shops with a book.

1 // Meet a friend for a gallery date. I always try to get to an exhibition at least once a month (we’re so lucky that all the public museums are free in the UK, meaning can pop in as often as you like), but I’ve really been binging on London’s culture the past few weeks. In the last fornight alone I’ve visited the Royal Academy for the Summer Exhibition (on until the 20th August), the National Portrait Gallery for the BP Portrait Award Exhibition (until the 24th September) and the Sir John Soanes Museum (an incredible cornucopia of treasures).

2 // Buy yourself a new dress. My diary seems to be jam-packed until the end of summer, with barely a day off until October. I ordered this dress (it might be the cutest thing I’ve bought all year) to take me everywhere from picnics and games of croquet in the park to garden parties and dinner with friends. I’ll wear it on its own with sunglasses and sandals for now, and a leather jacket and these white trainers for autumn.

3 // Treat yourself to a new perfume. I really had no need (!) for a new scent, but when I visited the Jo Malone boutique to choose my wedding fragrance, they had this candle burning. I hadn’t smelled it before but it was so gorgeous that I recently went back to buy the perfume version. I’ve been wearing it non-stop for the past week and have already been asked what I’m wearing at least once a day. It is fresh and delicious and unlike anything else I already owned.

4 // Celebrate your friends. My trans-Atlantic soul sister Nicolette and her friend Gabi launched her own plus-size clothing brand, Premme, last week and I could not be any more proud (and I made sure she knew it)! I wish I could order everything, but especially this kick-ass ‘Feminist AF’ denim jacket.

5 // Plot a winter getaway. We’re currently trying to figure out where to go on honeymoon (an African safari is currently in first place), but know we definitely want to go somewhere warm in January to escape the worst month of winter and have something to still look forward to. I can’t resist a whimsical globe, and have been spinning this one on my desk every day fantasising about all the places I want to visit.

6 // Upgrade your excess baggage. Whenever travelling or taking the train to London, I always seem to need a tote bag big enough to hold my laptop, water, book, camera, and all the other stuff I seem to need to carry around with me. I got this one at the start of summer thinking it would be great for weekends and vacations, but it’s actually so perfect for carting all my stuff around in (it’s SO sturdy and strong) that I’ve been using it practically every day. Bonus points for the French slogan and making me feel like I’ve just popped back from a week in Provence.

7 // Have a lazy Sunday morning, guilt-free. Pick up the weekend papers, brew some coffee, put on some jazz, and make your favourite brunch. Heaven!

However you’re spending it, have a lovely weekend everyone!

Love, Miss B xx

 

Pastel Streets and Pink Coats

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If my Instagram feed the past week is anything to go by, the only thing we should all be wearing now that December has arrive is a combination of red, plaid and cream aran knits. But while I love a little tartan – and I’m certainly not opposed to a sartorial cliche or two – I prefer invest in the sort of pieces I know I’ll be able to wear all season long and that won’t feel entirely passé come January. For me, a chic party dress and a classic coat beats a scratchy Christmas sweater any day.

Although blush pink is my favourite colour, I used to think it was just for spring and summer. But the past couple of years, it has established itself as a year-round favourite in my wardrobe. A pink coat might not seem like the most practical choice for winter, but it’s actually the piece I reach for the most once it’s too cold for a nude trench coat (my autumn staple). Aside from blush and navy, I don’t actually wear much colour, and a pink coat seems to instantly brighten an otherwise all-black outfit and add a pop of much-needed colour on a grey winter day and feels subtly festive at this time of year.

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Although I already have several pink coats in my wardrobe, I fell for this blush version the moment I spotted it at Whistles. I resisted for a few weeks (on the very rational basis that I didn’t need a sixth pink coat), but then reasoned that as I wear a coat every day for five months of the year in England, buying a couple of lovely new options each winter was a sensible investment. Because really, life is too short and winter too long to settle for boring coats.

And I’m happy to say that on a cost-per-wear basis alone, the coat has already earned it’s place in my closet. I added a couple of these darling crystal brooches to make it resemble this Kate Spade version I was also fantasising about, and have been teaming it with a black dress and heels for work and appointments, and cashmere sweaters and over-the-knee boots for errands and weekend outings. Bonus points for the big pockets and the classic cocoon cut that makes me feel instantly more pulled-together.

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Wearing: Whistles coat // Ted Baker dress // Kate Spade heels // Coach bag (fuchsia version on sale here) // J.Crew bag charm // Celine sunglasses c/- SmartBuyGlasses // Topshop crystal brooches // Michael Kors watch // Kenneth Jay Lane earrings (inexpensive version here) // Z for Accessorize crystal ring c/- // ASOS horseshoe ring.

Beauty: Marc Jacobs ‘King & Kisses’ blush // Charlotte Tilbury ‘Kim K.W.’ lipstick // Chanel ‘Pink Rubber’ nailpolish. 

What are your favourite non-festive winter staples for this time of year?

Love, Miss B xx

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Shopbop Friends & Family Sale

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Pictured: Kate Spade heels // Charlotte Olympia ‘kitty’ flats // Porcelain dish // earrings // West Elm gold wishbone // Kiehl’s lip balm.

These days, I’m a firm believer in investing in gorgeous wardrobe classics that I’ll (hopefully) wear and love for years and years vs filling my closet as many cheap sartorial thrills as I can manage.  While experience tells me that the designer version is usually a better investment when it comes to the staples in my wardrobe (the shoes, bags, dresses and accessories I reach for most days), I hate spending too much on one piece and so always try to shop during store promotions and sales wherever possible.

My favourite is always the Shopbop Friends & Family sale and twice a year when the sale rolls around, I re-stock my closet with those very wardrobe classics (the perfect crystal earrings that I wear year after year, another silk Equipment shirt that I reach for almost every day for work, my favourite sunglasses), as well as a few fun new treasures that I probably wouldn’t buy at full price and some essential pieces to take me through the new season.

For those of us in the UK, it’s the best time to buy US brands because the discount more than makes up for the import duties so it’s the cheapest you’ll ever find those current season pieces. For everyone else, it’s the only time some of these items ever go on sale (I’m talking about my darling Charlotte Olympia kitty flats and those wonderful Bella Freud sweaters that you’ll wear season after season) and is so much better than waiting for the end-of-season sales (when only the unwanted pieces remain).

Use code ‘INTHEFAM’ here to get 25% off just about everything site-wide (the sale is on until from today until Thursday night, so be quick!).

And because I practice what I preach, here’s what I’ve recently picked up from the site or will be adding to my basket today: a few old favourites, some new classics and a few fun little extras. Happy shopping!

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Love, Miss B xx

 

Winter Floral

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Let it never be said that I don’t know what I like. Trends come and go – and whilst I’ll sometimes experiment with a new style – it’s those classic, gorgeously feminine pieces I always reach for. Or put more simply, red lipstick and Louboutins always trump #normcore (unless you’re my friend Alex of The Frugality, who wears boyfriend shirts and Birkenstocks like no one else and makes me wish I were half as cool as her). 

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I’m pretty powerless against a dark floral dress, but I always prefer a dark, winter version (as seen here and here) vs a lighter spring iteration, which can feel a little too twee or predictable. I bought this neoprene version in Anthropologie before Christmas, and it it looks instantly glamorous, but is actually completely effortless (exactly what I like in a dress). I teamed it with my sky-high red Louboutins for date night, but it looks just as good with a mid-heel (this Kate Spade pair are a perfect substitute because, let’s be honest, those Louboutins are strictly taxi shoes only) for dinner, or teamed with black boots or a ballet flat for day. Just add red lipstick and a jaunty beret and voila: the perfect coquettish winter look that will work for just about every occasion.

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Beauty: NARS ‘Greta’ Audacious lipstick // Chanel ‘Provocation’ nail polish // NARS ‘Orgasm’ blush.

What’s your instant style formula for winter?

Love, Miss B xx

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Photos by Amber-Rose